This month’s master class assignment was to make a quilt using one of three photos supplied by Elizabeth as inspiration. Here are the two I used for my sketches. They are truly snapshots with no attempt at composition.
Here’s what I sent in: Sketch 1 incorporates elements from the Skye photo in a somewhat symmetrical 4 patch design. The curved lines near the center are meant to echo the umbrellas in the source photo. I see this as a pieced design, possibly in mostly solids.
Sketches 2 and 2a are the same except that one is bookended while the other repeats the first design. They are based on the Christo photo. I cropped that photo and then traced the trees in broad strokes. I see putting oranges in the background, which could be a challenge as that color tends to leap forward.
Sketch 3 is also from the Christo photo. I cropped that photo to feature one of the large trees, traced it, stylized it, and then flipped it to create an arch. It comes across to me as art nouveau.
All my designs are symmetrical, possibly because I’ve been browsing a book on Notan.
Elizabeth’s response: I like the straight line part of the design very much…but the circle in the middle bother me…my eyes keep going to it wondering why it’s there – what does it mean? it’s always difficult to have some totally not related to anything else….take a look at the sketch without that element and see what you think. It would be an applique after the fact anyway…so you could build the bottom portion and then audition the swoops – but I think I’d advocate leaving them out.
The view through the trees is fun! l like the idea..and the depth you can get but I’m not sure about the symmetry or about the severe cropping at the top – in a way the repeated pattern (whether all facing to the left, or all facing out) looks more like a wallpaper frieze than a design in and of its own self. so it doesn’t really feel complete. the little tree shapes are nice…but we want more than just feeling that they are circling around us…have a think on’t!!
You’re right this does have very art nouveau feel to it – unless you really like the total symmetry, I think I’d just crop a bit off one side or the other to shift that central element slightly off center.
I think it will work really well…I wouldn’t push the symmetry by using the same colors though, or even the same values…I think it would be more interesting to let the viewer gradually discover the symmetry for themselves.
I think with a few small adjustments you’ve got two got possibilities with sketches 1 and 3.
November is our last new assignment. December will be devoted to finishing up our projects. Stayed tuned to see which design I chose.